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Carmel Academy Celebrates 20 Years of Daring
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Carmel Academy Celebrates 20 Years of Daring
This September marks a momentous milestone for Carmel Academy, as the school kicks off a yearlong celebration in honor of its 20th Anniversary.
“Two decades ago, a group of 20 parents gathered to do something quite extraordinary -- launch a new kind of Jewish day school,” said Carmel Academy’s Head of School Nora Anderson. “Our founders had a clear vision of a school that would embrace and celebrate religious diversity; a school whose philosophy would champion a true child-centered educational journey; and a school that would be fully committed to an innovative educational approach. Our founders were aspirational and ambitious -- qualities that I am proud to say are a legacy that continues to make Carmel Academy the exceptional school it is today.”
“As we celebrate this notable anniversary, we do so as we proudly welcome our largest incoming early childhood class this fall and graduate our largest class this upcoming spring – a true testament that our founders’ dream of creating a thriving Jewish day school has come to fruition,” Anderson said. “Twenty years later, we have graduated 12 classes – close to 200 students – many whom are now young adults taking the roots they planted at Carmel and making a difference in the world.”
Carmel Academy, which was founded as Westchester Hebrew Academy in 1997, opened its doors on one floor of a synagogue with 14 kindergarten and 10 first grade students. Today, the school serves students from transitional kindergarten through 8th grades and is located on a 17-acre historic campus in central Greenwich, attracting more than 225 students from throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties, as well as Riverdale and New York City.
“Our anniversary theme is “20 Year of Daring,” which reflects our founders’ pioneering spirit, and the innovative culture that remains a core value of the Carmel Academy educational experience,” Anderson said.
From its inception, Carmel Academy has had a forward-thinking approach to education – striving to be a beacon of excellence and innovation that draws students, faculty, and thought leaders from near and far, Anderson said.
That mindset has led to groundbreaking programs -- ranging from the school’s inclusive PALS program for children with learning disabilities to one of the only Reggio Emilia-inspired transitional kindergartens in the region. Carmel’s commitment to innovation has earned our school prestigious academic invitations including being one of the first schools in the country to pilot and then adopt the renowned E2K STEM program, as well as being selected to pilot the Judaic and general studies Standards and Benchmark programs. Our innovative mindset has led to groundbreaking programs -- ranging from our inclusive PALS program for children with learning disabilities to our Reggio Emilia-inspired transitional kindergarten program.
The “20 Years of Daring” theme will be integrated into the curriculum, as students and faculty will be encouraged to take on academic and personal challenges, as well as pursue a variety of endeavors such as studying daring figures in history. In honor of this significant year, Carmel Academy will take a step back into 1997 for a “1997 Day”, gather for a 20th Anniversary Erev Tov Annual Dinner and formally honor the architects of the school with a Founder’s Day Celebration.

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Upcoming Events
Discovery Day
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Carmel Academy is thrilled to welcome prospective families to attend one of our three Discovery Day programs at the school’s 270 Lake Avenue campus in Greenwich, CT. Discovery Days are an opportunity to see Carmel Academy’s distinguished learning in action. Visitors will learn about our forward-thinking educational philosophy, have a brief campus tour and visit our new early childhood wing. Meet our exceptional faculty, school leadership, parents, students and alumni. Serving children from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, Carmel Academy's central location attracts families from throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties, Riverdale and New York City. RSVP required.
Location: Carmel Academy
Contact: Ella Shteingart
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Parent/Child 6th Grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program
6:30 PM

1:30PM Dismissal - TK-8th

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CA Offers A Pilot Friendship Circle Course To Middle School Students
On a recent afternoon, a group of Carmel Academy Middle School students sat in a circle, gently holding clementines. Chana Hellinger had just handed out the sweet fruit and asked each student to describe what they held in their hands.
One student said "bumpy"; another said "smooth." One student said the small orange smelled sweet and another said it had some nicks in the skin. Once each student had described their small orange, Hellinger asked the students to peel the clementine and squeeze the inner flesh into a cup. The end result was a small cup of juice.
"Just like these clementines we all look different, but at the end of the day the juice that comes out is the same. We all may be different, but we all have same insides, the same heart and soul," said Hellinger, who works as a coordinator for The Friendship Circle, an organization that brings special needs and typical youth together through shared experiences.
Hellinger visits Carmel Academy each week to teach an elective Middle School Friendship Circle course. She has taught a similar class to high school students in Fairfield, and is piloting the class in a middle school setting at Carmel.

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When Carmel Academy’s early childhood students arrived at school the day before Yom Kippur, they were in for a sneaker surprise. As they made their way from the school bus, the children found sneakers strewn in a path leading to their respective classrooms. They excitedly followed the sneaker path, sparking their curiosity surrounding the Yom Kippur story “Sneakers To Shul,” which is based on a tradition of not wearing leather footwear during the holiday. As part of the lesson, the students ran a sneaker drive, collecting 30 pairs of sneakers to send to children impacted by the recent hurricanes.
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Give your child the gift of time. Carmel Academy's Transitional Kindergarten Shorashim Program is designed to bridge the year between preschool and kindergarten, providing students with a strong foundation for success in elementary school and beyond. For more information please contact ella.shteingart@carmelacademy.com